How often should you weigh yourself?
In my experience, there have been a few philosophies around weigh-ins. I’ve belonged to weight-loss support groups that relied on the weekly weigh-in. Recently I read again that daily weigh-ins are the best. I have tried that in the past and that wasn’t my experience.
When I came to seriously changing my approach to the food issue in my life, I settled in on a weekly date with the weigh scale.
FYI – I kept a chart of my weight on the fridge side to be openly accountable. (Mind you, I didn’t lead people to read that chart, there is a limit to how open I can be.)
That weekly measure worked to give me guidance. Then I decided that the constant weigh-ins gave rise to anxiety and doubting myself – another facet of dysfunctional eating which was the very thing I wished to eliminate. Consequentially, I hatched the plan that I would check my weight on my birthday (end of August) and Christmas day. If I kept sane around my eating these dates would prove it. I haven’t kept this plan perfectly but in my more or less fashion I have found it to be a decent approach.
Now I’m weighing myself more often again. Recently I’ve adopted the concepts revealed to me by the book “Never Binge Again”. This, I feel, is the final clearing away of dysfunction around me and food that comes close to the 11th anniversary of setting the goal to do so.
Right now, I admit that I love how the scale shows my weight loss. It’s not big numbers but enough that it reinforces the rightness of my actions around food, now that my food plan and brain are on the right track. I’m not above using the scale to support that. Eventually I expect the decision to weigh myself or not to be a very neutral choice.
At some point I should ask someone who isn’t concerned about their weight aka weight obsessed, how often they weigh themselves. Someone who has never approached the scale like it were a confessional, or had their attitude encouraged by the number that appears.
Why do I think this will have to be a man or some woman who falls into a miniscule percentage group? I’ve seldom discussed weight issues with anyone but women. It is something that we do talk about quite a bit but the topic doesn’t seem to come up with men. Weigh-ins, food plans, or diets all seem to be female preoccupations although I’m sure this isn’t the whole truth. If I asked you how often you weigh yourself what would your answer be?
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